We want to start this blog post out with a very confident statement: After implementing the Secure Web Accelerator powered by Cloudflare®, you will not only understand the value of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) but will also never want to run a website without it ever again.
Believe it or not, Cloudflare never planned to become the product it is today. It evolved from Project Honey Pot, a project launched at the MIT Spam Conference, which focused primarily on security. In the process of fixing latency issues with code changes, they discovered that they made websites load faster at the same time.
Since then, Cloudflare has come a long way.
What is Cloudflare
Now imagine the following: Your web host is located in Canada, while most of your customers are from Germany.
The further data has to travel across multiple networks, the longer loading times become. Cloudflare is able to deliver such incredible results because it employs a powerful edge network that delivers content as close to the audience as possible, so they get the information as fast as possible.
Tip for testing: Make sure you check your performance statistics, including your page loading time, before and after setting up Cloudflare to see the difference.
More benefits of the Secure Web Accelerator
Cloudflare offers a free site speed test tool for everyone to use. On the other hand, there are many more benefits of using the service and upgrading your plan, especially when you have customers relying on you. Secure Web Accelerator Plus and Professional additionally come with access to the Cloudflare’s Dashboard, which gives you an insight into how much faster your site loads with analytics that show your overall page improvement. Tests can be run with each performance feature turned on and off.
In addition to that, the Plus and Professional plans also offer image resizing which can also enhance your page. The Secure Web Accelerator stops brute-force attacks and hacking attempts, while Plus and Professional also include protection against DDoS attacks. By analyzing the traffic inflow and filtering it for spammers, attacks, and excessive bot crawling, it makes websites more resistant and secure.